What are the longest and shortest games in NFL history?


The stage for Super Bowl LVI is set with the Cincinnati Bengals set to take on the Los Angeles Rams at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles on Sunday, Feb. 13. The game will be broadcast live on NBC and Peacock with coverage beginning at 12:00 p.m. ET.

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With the competition fierce during the postseason, some games take longer than the regular 60 minutes. The longest game of all time happened back in 1971 on Christmas Day when the Dolphins defeated the Chiefs, 27-24, in sudden-death overtime in an AFC Divisional Playoff game. Garo Yepremian kicked a 37-yard field goal for the Dolphins after 22 minutes and 40 seconds of overtime play. In total, the matchup lasted 82 minutes and 40 seconds, making it the longest in game in NFL history.

The 1962 AFL Championship between the Dallas Texans and Houston Oilers is the second-longest game in NFL history at 77 minutes and 54 seconds. The Texans jumped out to a 17-point lead in the game but the Oilers came all the way back to force overtime. The Texans held on for a 20-17 victory to advance.

The third-longest NFL game of all-time happened in 1987 and featured the Cleveland Browns and New York Jets. The Jets took a 20-10 lead into the fourth quarter of the game, but the Browns came back in the final five minutes of regulation to force the game into overtime. Cleveland would hold on to win the 77-minute and 2-second contest by a score of 23-20.

The fourth-longest game on the list is also the most recent. In 2013, the Baltimore Ravens defeated the Denver Broncos, 38-35, in the NFL playoffs. This game is also known as the “Mile High Miracle,” which got its name after Jacoby Jones received a 70-yard touchdown pass from QB Joe Flacco that tied the game with just 31 seconds remaining in regulation. Both teams remained even throughout the game as the score was tied 14 at the end of the first quarter, 21-21 at halftime, 28-28 through the third and 35-35 at the end of the fourth. One minute and 42 seconds into the second overtime, then-rookie kicker Justin Tucker converted a 47-yard field to secure the victory for the Ravens in a game that lasted 76 minutes and 42 seconds.

The 1977 AFC playoff game between the Oakland Raiders and Baltimore Colts rounds out the list of the top five longest games in NFL history at 75 minutes and 43 seconds. This game is famous for the “Ghost to the Post” play in which wide receiver Dave Casper, who has been nicknamed “The Ghost” after Casper the Friendly Ghost, caught a 42-yard pass from QB Ken Stabler which set up a game-tying field goal at the end of regulation. The Raiders would go on to win, 37-31.

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What are the longest NFL playoff games?

1971 Miami 27, KANSAS CITY 24: 82:40

1962 Dal. Texans 20, HOU. OILERS 17: 77:54

1987 CLE. BROWNS 23, N.Y. Jets 20: 77:02

2013 Bal. Ravens 38, DENVER 35: 76:42

1977 Oakland 37, BAL. COLTS 31: 75:43

2004 Carolina 29, ST.L. RAMS 23: 75:10

2005 N.Y. Jets 20, S.D. CHARGERS 17: 74:55

1982 S.D. Chargers 41, MIAMI 38: 73:52

1965 GREEN BAY 13, Bal. Colts 10: 73:39

1999 Atlanta 30, MINNESOTA 27: 71:52

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While the longest games in NFL history also happen to be playoff games, the shortest games in NFL history have all taken place during the regular season.

The shortest NFL game of all-time took place in 1996 between the San Diego Chargers and Indianapolis Colts and it lasted just two hours and 29 minutes. The Chargers defeated the Colts, 26-19, in what is also the highest-scoring of the shortest NFL games.

A game between the San Francisco 49ers and Washington Football Team in 2019 is the most recent of the shortest games in NFL history. Due to poor weather conditions at FedExField, both teams opted to run the ball a combined 65 times. This led to a game that totaled just two hours and 36 minutes in which the 49ers won, 9-0. It was the shortest NFL game since the New England Patriots defeated the Jacksonville Jaguars, 35-7, in Week 16 of the 2009 season.

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What are the shortest NFL games?

1996, San Diego Chargers 26, at Indianapolis Colts 19: 2:29

2008, Tennessee Titans 0, at Indianapolis Colts 23: 2:33

2007, Atlanta Falcons 3, at Tampa Bay Buccaneers 37: 2:34

2005: Tennessee Titans 7, at Pittsburgh Steelers 34: 2:35

2007: Miami Dolphins 0, at Pittsburgh Steelers 3: 2:35

2009: Jacksonville Jaguars 7, at New England Patriots 35: 2:36

2019: San Francisco 49ers 9, at Washington Football Team 0: 2:36

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NFL quarterback rankings 2023: Chris Simms’ top 40 QB countdown ahead of upcoming NFL season


While the NFL is a league that is ever-changing, some things are set to stay the same in 2023 — like the revealing of Chris Simms’ top 40 QB countdown.

Last year’s list saw Josh Allen take his place atop the quarterback throne, with Kansas City’s Patrick Mahomes and Los Angeles’ Justin Herbert not far behind at No. 2 and No. 3, respectively. It was, however, Mahomes who would ultimately reign over all NFL quarterbacks at the end of the season, as the 27-year-old collected both the NFL MVP honors and his second Lombardi Trophy.

This NFL offseason, however, has brought some intriguing adjustments that are likely to shake up Simms’ rankings.

While some signal-callers such as Jalen Hurts and Lamar Jackson found their prolonged home with massive contract signings, others will be venturing to a new franchise in search of a fresh start. Aaron Rodgers‘ trade to the New York Jets is unquestionably the most staggering shift, but other quarterbacks on the move such as Derek Carr and Jimmy Garoppolo cannot be forgotten.

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And with three of the first four picks in the 2023 NFL Draft being spent on a quarterback, emerging talent will likely turn the tides for some franchises this upcoming season.

See below for Chris Simms’ top 40 QB countdown ahead of the upcoming season. Be sure to subscribe to Chris Simms Unbuttoned for more on the 2023 NFL season as well as an unfiltered look at the NFL featuring player access, unabashed opinion, X&O film breakdown and stories from a life in and around football.

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Chris Simms’ 2023 Top 40 QB Countdown:

40. Desmond Ridder (ATL)

39. Sam Howell (WAS)

38. Bryce Young (CAR)

37. CJ Stroud (HOU)

36. Anthony Richardson (IND)

35. Mike White (MIA)

34. Gardner Minshew (IND)

33. Taylor Heinicke (ATL)

32. Jarrett Stidham (DEN)

31. Jordan Love (GB)

30. Davis Mills (HOU)

29. Tyler Huntley (BAL)

28. Andy Dalton (CAR)

27. Sam Darnold (SF)

26. Brock Purdy (SF)

25. Kenny Pickett (PIT)

24. Baker Mayfield (TB)

23. Justin Fields (CHI)

22. Jimmy Garoppolo (LV)

21. Tua Tagovailoa (MIA)

20. Mac Jones (NE)

19. Kyler Murray (AZ)

18. Derek Carr (NO)

17. Jared Goff (DET)

16. Ryan Tannehill (TEN)

15. Geno Smith (SEA)

14. Russell Wilson (DEN)

13. Dak Prescott (DAL)

12. Kirk Cousins (MIN)

11. Daniel Jones (NYG)

10. Matthew Stafford (LAR)

9. Deshaun Watson (CLE)

8. Aaron Rodgers (NYJ)

7. Jalen Hurts (PHI)

6. Trevor Lawrence (JAX)

5. Lamar Jackson (BAL)

2023 NFL Schedule Release: Start time, how to watch, live stream, channel


With another exciting NFL Draft in the books, teams can now turn their gaze toward the road to Super Bowl LVIII in Las Vegas. The path to Super Bowl glory, however, is about to become abundantly more clear with the 2023 NFL season schedule release.

This year’s NFL season schedule release is nearly here, with the entirety of the 2023 NFL schedule being unveiled on Thursday, May 11 at 8 p.m. ET on both Peacock and NFL Network. See below for everything you need to know for one of the offseason’s most anticipated events.

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When will the 2023 NFL season schedule be released?

While all 272 matchups have been known since the conclusion of the 2022 regular season, the order and dates for these games have remained a mystery. The secret is nearly out, however, with every NFL game on the brink of revelation.

The full 2023 NFL schedule will be released on Thursday, May 11 at 8:00 p.m. ET.

How can I watch the 2023 NFL season schedule release?

The 2023 NFL season schedule release will take place Thursday, May 11 on Peacock, NFL Network, NFL.com and the NFL app at 8 p.m. ET.

While the entirety of the schedule will be unveiled at that time, select games have already been and will continue to be released prior to the official event. Ahead of the 2023 NFL season schedule release, the following games will be announced:

Who will play in the 2023 NFL Kickoff game?

The first game of the 2023-24 NFL season will see the reigning Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs take the field in Arrowhead Stadium.

The opponent that will meet Patrick Mahomes and company in Kansas City, however, remains to be revealed.

Which NFL teams have international games in 2023?

While the majority of the matchups set to take place next season have yet to be announced, the league has already revealed which teams will head overseas for international showdowns.

Below is the full list of international NFL games for the 2023-24 season, with three in London, U.K., and two in Frankfurt, Germany.

Falcons vs. Jaguars: Week 4, Oct. 1 at 9:30 a.m. ET | Wembley Stadium in London, U.K.

Jaguars vs. Bills: Week 5, Oct. 8 at 9:30 a.m. ET | Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London, U.K.

Ravens vs. Titans: Week 6, Oct. 15 at 9:30 a.m. ET | Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London, U.K.

Dolphins vs. Chiefs: Week 9, Nov. 5 at 9:30 a.m. ET | Frankfurt Stadium in Frankfurt, Germany

Colts vs. Patriots: Week 10, Nov. 12 at 9:30 a.m. ET | Frankfurt Stadium in Frankfurt, Germany

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When is the Super Bowl and where will it be taking place?

Stars will be shining bright in Las Vegas, Nevada, for Super Bowl LVIII, set to take place on Feb. 11, 2024, at the home of the Raiders in Allegiant Stadium.

This will be the first Super Bowl to ever take place in Las Vegas, which hosted the 2023 Pro Bowl and 2022 NFL Draft.

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